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Is this sink a bad idea or a good idea for my kitchen?

10 years ago

First - My thoughts and prayers are with all of you trying to hold up against Sandy tonight. What an experience this will be.

Much less important...

We are in the about-to-pour-foundation stage of a new build. The home is contemporary. Below is a rendering of the kitchen area. The kitchen will have two islands, both with a waterfall on one end. We will be empty-nesters in a couple of years (and it's hard to say that out loud), and we currently have two kids in college. Most all of the time, I am the only one who will actually cook/work in the kitchen. I have an extra sink in the kitchen that is a part of the serving/drink/etc area. I'm planning on using the main (inside) island sink for prep and also for cleanup. Because it will serve both purposes for me, I want a sink that is plenty big and functional. In my current home, I have an anthracite Silgranit sink. I like this sink, and it is my backup plan for the new home.

For the new home, I was looking at a Stone Forest honed black granite farmhouse sink that is 33" wide and 10" deep. I'm rather short, so am thinking I would like the farmhouse sink style. Then I saw the Stone Forest outdoor black granite sink. 8"x42"x24". Significantly wider and two inches shallower than the regular farmhouse sink. I like that water around the faucet is somewhat contained because the faucet is installed onto the sink. Also, it looks like the sink has a rim that could be useful for supporting a colander and/or cutting board. Below is a picture of the sink, a rendering of the kitchen, and a picture of the stone that will be on the islands. The perimeter countertops will be something dark: maybe soapstone, Nordic Black, Ocean Black. The hood will likely be a blackened steel. The walls to the right of the view of the kitchen and behind the view of the kitchen are mostly glass with gardens just outside. Most of the glass walls open to the outside.

So, here are my questions:

1. Can you see this outdoor sink used as a main sink in a contemporary kitchen on an island?

2. Is 8" depth a problem? Obviously it will "hide" less. Does a shallower sink make splashing worse? Anything I'm not thinking of regarding depth?

3. Do you think this sink would be easy to care for? It is solid rock. Seems like it would be easy. Am I missing something?

4. Any other pros/cons regarding use of this sink as a main kitchen sink?

I appreciate your thoughts. Now..., good? bad? really, really bad?

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